London Transport
Central Area Routes 74–76

Last updated 15-11-09.

Route 74 ran daily between Camden Town and Putney Heath (Green Man) via Prince Albert Road, the Zoo, Baker Street, Marble Arch, Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge, South Kensington, Cromwell Road, Earl’s Court, West Brompton, Fulham Palace Road, Putney Bridge and Putney Hill. Some Monday to Saturday journeys were extended to Putney Heath (Telegraph Inn). In 1966 the Telegraph Inn journeys were withdrawn and transferred to route 85, and the 74 was extended during Monday to Friday peak hours from Putney Heath to Kingston Vale. In 1981 it was rerouted at Putney Heath to run daily to Roehampton (Earl Spencer) via Dover House Road, and extended on Mondays to Saturdays to Roehampton (Bessborough Road). In 1982 the Sunday service was withdrawn between Putney Heath and Roehampton. In 1984 the Monday to Saturday service was diverted to run to Danebury Avenue instead of Bessborough Road. In 1985 it was withdrawn between West Brompton (Empress State Building) and Putney Heath / Roehampton. In 1987 it was extended daily from West Brompton to Roehampton (Danebury Avenue). In 1991 it was rerouted at Baker Street to run to King’s Cross Station via Euston instead of Camden Town, the section to Camden Town replaced by new route 274. In 1993 it was withdrawn between Baker Street Station and King’s Cross. In 2002 it was withdrawn between Putney Garage and Roehampton, and replaced by new route 430.

4d London General ticket
This 4d—a relatively high value for the time—London General ticket for Service 74 has an advert for Corot on the back.
74
74
74
74 MON.-FRI. PEAK HOURS
This “E” plate is from the section of route between Putney Heath to Kingston Vale.

74B MON.-FRI,
This “E” plate has larger numbers (and smaller suffix letters), which tended to be found on older plates.
74B MON.-FRI,
74B MON.-FRI,
This one’s a bit curious: smaller numbers (with extra space between) and a smaller suffix letter.

Route 74B was introduced in August 1963, running on Mondays to Fridays between Camden Town and Hammersmith Broadway via the Zoo, Baker Street, Marble Arch, Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge, South Kensington, Earl’s Court and Lillie Road. The route was in effect the extension of service 74 shorts from West Brompton to Hammersmith. The 74B replaced the 74’s Monday to Friday Riverside allocation at this time. The route was withdrawn in October 1978, with route 74 enhanced to compensate. It was worked by Riverside Garage [R] which has long since closed, and used Routemasters for most of its life.


Route 74X was a seasonal express route between Baker Street Station and London Zoo during the 1980s. It was operated by a wide range of vehicles, sometimes on loan to London Transport, and the “E” plates would have only been found at either Baker Street or the Zoo, as buses did not stop intermediately. It is therefore an astonishingly rare “E” plate. In any case, Express “E” plates are quite uncommon.

74X SEE BELOW

75

This “E” plate would have come from a bus stop at Norwood Junction, and thus it will be an exceedingly rare one.
75 ELMERS END
Elmers End Garage had an allocation on the 75 from 1951 until 1964, and again for a short time from 1985 to 1986, however this later period was after the production of enamel “E” plates had ceased so would therefore date from the earlier allocation. This plate would have come from a bus stop at Anerley (Robin Hood) where the garage journeys deviated from the normal line of route. It is astonishingly rare to find any garage name on an “E” plate, and Elmers End garage has, of course, long since closed and been replaced with housing on the site.
75 - 192
This “E” plate probably came from from a stop in the Blackheath area where both routes met. Today the 75 no longer serves Blackheath and the 192 was withdrawn in 1981, so it must date from the 1960s.
Route 75 ticket
A 1d London General Omnibus Company ticket from Service 75, likely dating from the 1920s.

Route 75 ran between the Woolwich Free Ferry and West Croydon Bus Station via Charlton, Blackheath, Lee Green, Catford, Perry Hill, Sydenham, Penge, Anerly, Norwood Junction and Selhurst Road. In 1960 the route was extended on Mondays to Fridays to South Croydon Garage, and in 1962 was withdrawn between Blackheath (Royal Standard) and Woolwich on Sundays, and in 1963 the South Croydon extension was cut back to West Croydon once again. In 1969 the route was withdrawn on Sundays, apart from a few early journeys between Norwood Junction and West Croydon except for a few early journeys, but was re-extended there once again in 1977 when the route was converted to one-man-operation. In 1991 the route was withdrawn completely between Blackheath and Woolwich, and later that year was rerouted at Catford to run between West Croydon and Lewisham, with an extension to Surrey Quays Shopping Centre during Saturday shopping hours. At the same time it was rerouted in Sydenahm via Mayor Road and Woolstone Road instead of Bell Green and Perry Hill. In 1994 it was withdrawn between Lewisham and Surrey Quays, settling to running at all times between West Croydon and Lewisham only. In 2002 the 75 was extended from West Croydon to Croydon (Fairfield Halls).

Route 192 was introduced in 1956 and ran on Mondays to Saturdays between Woolwich and Woodlands Estate via Plumstead and Plumstead Common. In 1959 it was extended from Woolwich to Lewisham via Eglinton Hill, Shrewsbury Lane, Shooters Hill and Blackheath, replacing route 89A. In 1960 a Sunday afternoon service was introduced between Lewisham and Woolwich, and in 1963 the Sunday service was revised to run all day and extended through to Woodlands Estate. In 1981 the route was withdrawn and replaced by today’s route 291.


Route 76 ran daily between Victoria and Tottenham Garage via Westminster, Waterloo, Blackfriars, Mansion House, Bank, Moorgate, Old Street Station, Hoxton, Dalston, Stoke Newington and Stamford Hill, extended Monday to Saturday peak hours and Sundays to Lower Edmonton. During Monday to Friday peak hours some journeys ran on to Brimsdown Power Station via Ponders End, and an additional service ran between Victoria and Liverpool Street Station. In 1958 it was withdrawn on Saturdays and Sundays between Tottenham and Lower Edmonton. In 1968 it was withdrawn between Waterloo and Victoria except during Monday to Friday peak hours. In 1969 it was withdrawn between Waterloo and Victoria except for a peak hour service to Westminster (Horse Guards Avenue). In 1970 it was withdrawn between Tottenham and Lower Edmonton except for the journeys running to Brimsdown Power Station. On Saturdays it was withdrawn between Mansion House Station and Waterloo, and on Sundays it was withdrawn between Moorgate and Waterloo. In 1978 it was extended from Waterloo to Victoria via Westminster on Mondays to Fridays, and extended from Mansion House to Waterloo on Saturdays. On Mondays to Saturdays it was diverted at Tottenham to run to Northumberland Park Station via Lansdowne Drive. In 1980 it was extended during peak hours to Northumberland Park Industrial Estate, but cut back again in 1982. In 1983 it was rerouted via St. Paul's and Ludgate Circus instead of Queen Victoria Street. In 1985 it was rerouted between Waterloo and Victoria via Millbank and Horseferry Road instead of Westminster. In 1985 it was further rerouted between Waterloo and Victoria via Lambeth bridge and Lambeth Palace Road. In 1986 it was withdrawn between Waterloo and Victoria except during Monday to Friday peak hours, and the Sunday service was withdrawn completely. In 1990 it was withdrawn between County Hall and Victoria. In 1992 it was rerouted between Waterloo and Mansion House via Aldwych and Ludgate Circus. In 1998 a Sunday service was reintroduced. In 2003 it was withdrawn between Tottenham Garage and Northumberland Park. The 76 used G (Guy) and ST buses at the start, then RTWs and RMs in the ’60s and ’70s. It was also part of the 1967 front-entrance experiments using XAs (eXperimanetal Atlantean) and the FRM

Route 97 ran between Brentford Half Acre and Greenford Red Lion via Northfields, West Ealing, Ealing Broadway, Eaton Rise, Woodfield Road, Pitshanger Lane, Scotch Common, Argyle Road and Ruislip Road.

76
76
76 FARE STAGE
76 MON.-FRI.
76 MON.-FRI. PEAK HOURS
76 MON.-FRI. RUSH HOURS
These two “E” plate are from the ends of the route, served only during Monday to Friday peak hours. This could have been the extension from Tottenham to Brimsdown Power Station which operated from the beginning of the route in 1950 until the late 1970s.
76 MON.-SAT.
76 MON.-SAT
This plate may have come from the section between Moorgate and Waterloo after the Sunday service was withdrawn in 1970, as it appears to have been modified from a plain 76 plate with the addition of a sticker with the words MON.-SAT.
76 SPECIAL JOURNEYS ONLY
It is likely that the SPECIAL JOURNEYS ONLY “E” plates came from the section of route to Brimsdown Power Station.
76 SPECIAL JOURNEYS ONLY
76 MON-SAT SPECIAL JOURNEYS & SUNDAY FARE STAGE
This plate is particularly interesting with such a complex message, and it is rather unusual to have five lines of text beneath the number.
76-97 MON.-SAT.
This “E” plate came from one of the bus stops on the common section of routes 76 and 97 between Tottenham and Dalston.
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